At Art Crating, we pride ourselves on fabricating premier crates for artworks of any shape, size or media. Many shipments will call for our STANDARD CRATE, identifiable by the AC logo and conforming to our high standard for quality and ease of handling. For blue-chip artworks, we offer our MUSEUM CRATE, with a full complement of closure plates, gasket, blue foam lining and polycrylic exterior finish. When a shipment involves artworks of modest size, we provide our efficiency crate, or E-CRATE, with commensurate savings. In addition to our full range of crates, high quality travel frames and classic A-frame design, we build pedestals, shelving and tables to virtually any dimension, and can facilitate a host of other projects geared to specific art environments
The IPPC mark, popularly known as the “bug stamp,” appears on every crate we make and guarantees suitability for international travel. Art Crating is also an Independent Cargo Screening Facility. The ICSF seal of approval enables our builders to screen cargo for air flights in full compliance with government regulations enforced by the Transportation Security Administration. When undertaking the crating ourselves, no additional charges accrue for this service. We also offer our screening service for a nominal fee to clients whose work is already crated.
The TRAVEL FRAME is ideal for works with sensitive surfaces that cannot come in contact with wrapping materials of any kind. In addition to our standard construction of pine framing with pine battens and metal handles, we offer custom solutions, such as Coroplast facings for additional protection and solid plywood backing for irregularly shaped works. With the artwork suspended and safely secured inside, the TRAVEL FRAME can be packed into a crate for international travel, or transported as-is for domestic shipments or storage.
The GALLERY PEDESTAL sets the industry standard for elegance and durability. Starting with our basic mitred MDF construction, our GALLERY PEDESTAL can be custom designed with options for adjustable feet, reveals, interior reinforcing, Plexiglas bonnets and internal mounting systems. We also make pedestals to order, ranging from rabbit-jointed maple plywood with a rustic whitewash finish to cylindrical plinths in glossy black — and beyond.